Today on the list: Does the English department have a Jewish problem? Plus: How to make change actually happen, and more.

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Does the English Department Have a Jewish Problem? The Modern Language Association is famous for the provocative titles of sessions at its annual meeting. But the provocative title of one session Sunday night — so surprising to several MLA members that they expressed disbelief when told about it — contained no sexual wordplay or trendy literary buzzwords.

Beyond Magical Thinking: How to Really Make Change Happen Successful political movements do not spring fully formed. They require long-term, nuts-and-bolts organizing.

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